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The Potting Shed | Kids & Screens


Parenting is really hard. Parenting these days is getting even harder. Questions like “What is a Snap story?”, “Where are the parental settings on Fort Nite?”, and “ Your friend posted what on Instagram?” are becoming all too common. And these are even the easy questions! They get more difficult or confusing from there. Our families need all the resources we can get!  

This was a big part of the impetus that brought me to Potting Shed last month. My name is Jessee Eppley. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist at One12:Counseling in the Ballantyne area, as well as a parent and avid supporter of GreenHouse. I was given the opportunity to meet with fellow parents to discuss what it means to raise kids in a world that is quickly becoming inundated with social media, device expectations, and a variety of other digital concerns. I was grateful to have the chance to share a bit of my professional expertise with my community. It was also amazing to hear the insights and stories you all brought to the table.  

The fact is that this topic is one that will not be going away any time soon. So, to that end, we recorded this most recent installment of Potting Shed, for any parents who were not able to attend the event. We wanted to make sure this information is available to anyone who might benefit from it. The link is below:

Potting Shed | Kids & Screens

One of the many things I loved about this past Potting Shed was the idea that none of us have to feel alone in this whole parenting gig. Many of the questions and ideas expressed were around how we as a community can encourage one another when setting boundaries and exposing our kids to a world outside of the screen. I think this is the best next step for our group. 

I think it is a great conversation and one that will continue to come up more and more as the days go by. I look forward, as a fellow parent and resource, to continue being part of that conversation, and I want to end by reminding you… It takes a village to raise kids, and we have one heck of a village here at Watershed Charlotte. You are not in this alone.  

Grace and Hope.  

Jessee Eppley

Mother's Day: Preparing the Table

Mother's Day: Preparing the Table

By Becky Santoro, Watershed Children's Director

I grew up surrounded by a group of women. My mom has strong friendships with many but I remember a handful of women that were her TRIBE. These ladies got together to laugh, pray for each others' kids, and supported each other in the ups and downs of life. Literally, these women were in my mom’s everyday life and they watched me grow up… awkward phases and all.

When I turned 18 these women all got together in one room to sip on tea, sit around a table, and read out loud a letter they wrote me. It was a letter of encouragement: things they saw in me growing up, ways they prayed for me, what they hope I would experience and learn as I moved forward into adulthood.

I’m a mom of a 4 year old and a 2 year old and I’m picturing who might be at the table when it’s their turn to sip on tea and hear women read them a letter.

I’m preparing the table now.

A tribe isn’t born overnight. It’s 1,000 small memories and conversations. It’s staying in touch when some of them move. It’s laughing at the mom moments and it’s the crying alongside them when hard parts of life happen; when infertility, miscarriages, and unexpected trials enter.

It’s being vulnerable enough to share the deepest fears and failures as a parent or wife and then realizing you’re not alone. It’s the judgement free zone when you need to vent but also those who will tell you the tough truth when you need that too.

It’s showing up in the lives of their children too and loving them like your own; going to the ball games, birthday parties, dance recitals. It’s lending an ear when their kids won’t listen to them but will listen to you. It’s problem solving together through the growing pains.

So pull up a chair around the women you care about. Make sure your calendar, in all its busyness, carves out time for you to be with them and their families. Let your kids bear witness to it too.

It’s too important to not spend time investing in preparing the table by building your tribe.  And the good news is there’s always room for more chairs.

Find your tribe and love them hard.

Happy Mother’s Day,